The Town and Migrations: Visualization of Space Cover Image
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Град и миграции - визуализации на пространството
The Town and Migrations: Visualization of Space

Author(s): Meglena Zlatkova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Geography, Regional studies, Regional Geography, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: urban space; migration; borders; heritage
Summary/Abstract: The paper problematizes on the urban spaces, analyzing the discourses of: (national) majority, minorities, the newcomers (migrants), the others, emphasizing on the forms of visualization. The case of the towns of Tsarevo and Pomorie in Bulgaria and Edirne in Turkey are presented by the two migrant groups that have crossed the Bulgarian-Turkish border and settled in particular urban neighbourhoods. The visual approach in the urban anthropology requires a specific methodology starting from the material environment of the city and its public spaces to the social and cultural relationships of the urban inhabitants and the invisible aspects of their symbolic layer as memory and heritage. The paper analyzes the strategies and valorization and legitimation of the heritage of migration and heirs, who trace their places of everyday life and festivity. The fieldwork research was done among the heirs of the so called “Thracian Bulgarians”, living in Tsarevo and Pomorie and the Turks, born in Bulgaria and resettled in Turkey in Edirne.